Concern at rules inconsistency
I HAVE fully supported the restrictions in place, knowing that they are there to protect Tasmanians and keep us safe.
On Tuesday I went to see the Hurricanes play at UTAS and was disgusted at the lack of social distancing when strangers were sitting in the next seat, as well as directly in front and behind.
Then they had the nerve to display regular advertisements on the big screen encouraging social distancing.
How can our kids not be allowed to sit near Santa for a Christmas photo and a bunch of drunks can sit behind my children spilling beer everywhere, yelling and screen over the top of us?
We are not allowed to sit near each other in church, but it seems that it is OK for us to be near next to complete strangers.
I am happy to follow the rules that are there to keep us safe, but I think those making the rules need to wake up, be consistent and use some common sense.
Roslyn Kingston, Legana.
Why the Marinus secrecy?
THE notion that Marinus Link will create cheaper power prices for Tasmanians is shrouded in mystery and mistrust without exposing the business case.
If I go to the bank to start a new business without a business case, I would get told to go home and do my homework.
Even if the bank said "OK" I would have new monthly interest costs and operating costs from which the new business would have to cover.
Hence, if Tasmanians are to fund any portion of the Marinus Link Project our cost base will raise and clearly be funded out of Tasmanian power costs.
It's time for the government to come clean and release the business case to prove to Tasmanians the new business has the capacity to cover the new long-term cost base.
In the absence of that disclosure and the recognition that the quoted $3.5 billion project is more likely to be $5 billion plus based on their project track record, the only conclusion that can be made is that power prices will increase significantly.
Mark Barnett, Launceston.
Merit to tailrace outflow relocation
I think the Tamar Yacht Club's push to get the power station's tailrace outflow relocated to near the Gorge bridge is an excellent idea.
A spokesperson from the Hydro has said that it wouldn't have much effect on the silt build up, but that is not the point.
The increased flow of fresh water would help flush out pollution making the yacht basin a much healthier place.
While it may not solve all the river's problems, it's a good start.
To the ever reluctant powers that be, hesitating to commit to anything I say, it can't be for a lack of funds, as there seems to be plenty of money to spend building a grand new university or replacing an ugly shopping mall with another just as boring and even more sterile.
Just do something.
Malcolm McCulloch, Pipers River.
Raise voice on welfare card
No doubt there were many readers that read the article examining some of the pitfalls of the Government's controversial cashless debit card scheme (The Examiner, December 15).
Hopefully, any individual who feels they will be negatively impacted if placed on the CDC will take the time, between now and the next federal election, to do their own research.
When the next election campaign commences, politely ask your local candidates their views and make your views known.
Then use your vote wisely.
The Liberal Party has always maintained the reason for implementing the CDC was to better the lives of welfare recipients.
Since the inception of the scheme, those placed on the CDC have been stigmatised, alienated and many have had issues paying their bills.
Surely Australians would expect their government to treat their citizens with a modicum of decency, whether they are welfare recipients or not. Shouldn't they?
Anthony Camino, Youngtown.
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